Two dozen cars were burglarized in the Oak Brook subdivision in Chesterfield Saturday night.
The thefts spanned several streets, including the 10600 block of Genlou Road. Police say each car was left unlocked, except for one.
Resident Jyll Simmons said she discovered her SUV was ransacked, as she loaded her kids for Sunday school. A $100 bill, Simmons said she had left in an envelope for back-to-school shopping, was gone.
"Take the money…You can replace that. The sense of security, you can't replace as easily," said Simmons.
"My stuff was thrown all over the car...They (the suspects) were looking good," said Stacey Burke, whose car was also raided. "The thought of them going through everything… and they stole my prescription glasses that were actually worth $400," she added.
Neighbors say the suspects took an iPad from another car, along with any loose change the suspects could swipe.
In one ride around the block, our crew found three cars with their windows rolled down. Several neighbors, like Betty Fleming, told us they sometimes forget, or just don't fret about leaving their cars unsecured.
"I have not been locking my car, but after this news, I will be locking my car," said Fleming, who said she's lived on Genlou Road for 27 years. "You hear it in the news. You hear about it in other neighborhoods. It just is a very big shock to know that it's going on right here around you," added Fleming.
Chesterfield police continue to urge residents to lock their cars consistently, and not to leave anything, not even clothes or change, in plain sight. Last month, Chesterfield officers investigated at least 117 reports of thefts from vehicles.
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